Getting ready for finals can be stressful, but with the proper tools, it doesn't have to be. Here are six tips to make prepping for finals a bit less stressful:
Set yourself up for success by organizing your exam schedule. The Exam Countdown app allows you to color-code your exams as well as set-up countdowns for each one, so you know exactly how much time you have to devote to each subject.
•Take Proper Notes
When it comes to studying, taking proper notes is key. Having notes that are neat, organized and easy to read will make your life that much easier when exam time rolls around. This blog post teaches you how to use Microsoft Word to type organized notes. Here's to easy studying!
If you try to study but always find yourself being distracted by Facebook or Pinterest, find ways to make yourself focus. Try turning off your Wi-Fi or making a certain time a "blackout time" where all electronic devices are turned off. If you need a tougher hand, try the Cold Turkey app. This is a free app for your computer that allows you to block certain sites for a period of time, from 15 minutes to 24 hours. The best part is there's no way to access the sites until the timer runs out, so you can't cheat!
•Study With Friends (Virtually!)
Studying doesn’t have to be boring. Try making it fun by organizing a virtual study party with friends. Talking over the material with each other will help you commit the important information to memory and make exam day that much easier.
•Utilize Virtual Office Hours
Your professors have office hours for a reason. If you're struggling with or don’t understand something, make a point to video chat with your professor during their virtual office hours.
•Make Time For You
Getting good grades is important, but so are you. Not taking breaks or making time for self-care can lead to burn out, which means you may not be in a good headspace come exam day. Make sure you're eating healthy, getting enough sleep and making time for stress-relieving activities you enjoy. Whether it's going on a run, meditating or reading a good book, make sure to take time to wind down and clear your head.
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